Friday, May 13, 2011

HPHS Theater Group to Scotland

Highland Park High School’s Scots Theatre, under the direction of Mr. Scott Kickhaefer has been selected to perform in the world’s largest and most prestigious arts festival as part of the American High School Theatre Festival (AHSTF). Each August, Edinburgh, Scotland becomes the most magical and exciting place on earth as performing artists from all over the world come to take part in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The whole city becomes a stage, and visitors can view performances everywhere: from playgrounds and conference rooms, to city parks and churches. The Fringe Festival includes over 1,800 performances of music, theatre, dance and comedy during its three week run. Highland Park’s performance will be showcased at the AHSTF venue in Edinburgh.

Scots Theatre, long recognized for its entertaining and innovative productions, was selected by the AHSTF Board of Advisors to represent the United States as part of the 2012 AHSTF program. The Board reviews all completed applications and identifies the top high schools based on their most recent bodies of work, awards, community involvement, philosophies, and recommendations.

While in Scotland, AHSTF’s professional technical team ensures that the company’s lighting, sound, and property needs are addressed. WorldStrides of Charlottesville, Virginia, the nation’s oldest and largest student travel company will be planning the travel arrangements for each high school group.

As you can imagine, Highland Park High School drama students, their parents, and teachers will be heavily involved in fundraising activities to finance their two-week adventure to Scotland and England. Contributions and donations are welcome. For more information, call Scott Kickhaefer, Head of Theatre at Highland Park High School at (785) 274-6119, or email him at scottkickhaefer@gmail.com